Bakken Energy signs research partnership with Grand Forks Air Force Base
Partnership will explore the potential applications for clean hydrogen energy
GRAND FORKS — Bakken Energy signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Grand Forks Air Base on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the base’s North Spark Defense Laboratory.
The agreement aims to research the potential of utilizing clean hydrogen for energy production. Based in Bismarck, Bakken Energy is an industry leader in research and development for clean energy, with the mission to become “the largest developer and producer of affordable clean hydrogen, and to accelerate the hydrogen economy in support of the US energy transition toward a decarbonized future,” according to its website.
Lt. Col. Michael Dunn, director of the North Spark Defense Laboratory, said the partnership is beneficial to both the environment and Air Force operations.
“Energy is a big part of mission readiness and alternative energy sources provide flexibility for operations,” Dunn said a press release. “The Air Force is always looking for ways to implement alternative energy solutions to benefit the environment and to keep us mission ready. We look forward to exploring practical uses of hydrogen with Bakken Energy."
Steve Lebow, chairman and founder of Bakken Energy, said the partnership is a welcome addition to Bakken’s investment in what he refers to as the Heartland Hydrogen Hub.
“The GFAFB is a welcomed addition to the Heartland Hydrogen Hub we are developing with the states of North Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Montana,” said Lebow in the aforementioned press release. “This partnership adds an important attribute — innovating new applications for our clean hydrogen.”
Bakken CEO Mike Hopkins said there is potential to expand hydrogen’s applications beyond the defense sector in the Heartland Hydrogen Hub.
“As a business, our focus, and the focus of our Heartland Hydrogen Hub, is large scale production for large scale demand,” said Hopkins. “Trucking will be the largest consumer of hydrogen as they transition from diesel, and we will be there to serve that need. At the same time, we want to be part of the pioneering work needed to realize the Department of Energy’s vision of a hydrogen economy. We couldn’t be more pleased and prouder to partner with GFAFB in cutting edge research and development.”